New Year's Greetings
I hope all of you had a better Christmas weekend than I did. I spent most of the time on the couch, sick with some sort of mild flu. I only left the house in the evenings to go out to the barn with Dan to feed our happy little herd. Standing among the alpacas, they radiate such joy and good energy it’s hard to feel sick.
I love New Year’s and the hope for new beginnings that it brings. On New Year’s Eve Dan and I like to sit back and reflect on our past year and create our goals for the New Year. Our reflections start with the good, i.e. all the goals we did accomplish or are completing, and then on to the setbacks. But instead of dwelling on any bad experiences that we may have had, we talk about what we’ve learned from those experiences so that it may help us in the future. And then we laugh and talk about what we are looking forward to, jot down ideas, and from there our new goals are formed. It's the end of the year. Every end is a new beginning.
With the alpacas physically here it will be much easier for us to visualize the direction our farm is headed. I’m sure all farms sit back every year and say ‘Hhmmm, what needs to be fixed? What do we need to buy this year? What could we improve?’ Necessity and the budget usually dictate what will come first. If the alpacas could speak, I’m sure they’d like us to keep working on a better pasture, free of rocks and roots, and filled with lush, green grass!
As I type, big, fluffy snowflakes are falling covering all the tree limbs, fence posts, birdhouses, and all the mud left by yesterday’s rain, once again transforming our cabin, yard, barn, pasture and woods into a Norman Rockwell-esque painting. I love a fresh snowfall. Everything looks so peaceful and new.
Here’s to wonderful new beginnings!
Wishing you all a joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year!